Turks and Caicos, March 29, 2017 – Providenciales – There were four categories, over 30 cyclists and an inaugural event on Commonwealth Day for the TCI Cycling Federation. Children from 8 to 14 competed in a 2.75 mile race and first was taken by 8 year old Ethan Gardiner; in the adult open category where the race was 5.5 miles, Borg Dio won the event.
In the Intermediate level cycling contest, there were 11 participants who biked for 19 miles and Terrance Astwood placed first in that event. In Category 1 or the Advanced cyclist race, 10 cyclists joined the challenge for 23 miles with Luc Despins winning first, Yoshi Ono getting second and Sean Rogers getting third place in the highlight event. There were first, second and third place medals in each category.
The Federation, which started in November 2016 is now a member of the Caribbean Cycling Federation and this qualifies TCI cyclists for international competition. Shanwell Gardiner, President of the TCICF said: “The TCI Cycling Federation has received its first regional cycling championship invitation. We have been invited to the 18th annual John T Memorial Cycling Championship in Anguilla which would be held on 7th July 2017. The TCI will be represented by a team of seven cyclists to be chosen during qualifying races to be held in the coming months.”
The races this past Commonwealth Day were sponsored by Coca Cola and thanked for its assistance was the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.